UN Environment Programme Media Events at COP17 in Durban di, dec 6, 2011

From cutting greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficient lighting, to the role of reducing deforestation in achieving sustainable development, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is launching key studies and initiatives during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP17), being held in Durban, South Africa.

Delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa (COP17). UN Photo/UNFCCC/Jon Golinski

Durban (South Africa) / Nairobi, 6 December 2011 - From cutting greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficient lighting, to the role of reducing deforestation in achieving sustainable development, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is launching key studies and initiatives during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP17), being held in Durban, South Africa.

Please find more information on UNEP press conferences at COP17 below. For more information, please contact:

Nick Nuttall, Acting Director, UNEP Division of Communications and Public Information (in Durban) on Tel: +41 795965737 / +254 733632755 or Email: nick.nuttall@unep.org

Bryan Coll, UNEP Newsdesk (Nairobi) on Tel. +254 20 7623088 or Email: unepnewsdesk@unep.org

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Official Handover of UN 'Bridging the Emissions Gap' Report to South African Government at COP17

Time: 11:00 am, 6 December 2011,

Venue: Yellowwood Room, ICC Durban

Speakers:

Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director

Chris Huhne, UK Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will officially hand over its landmark 'Bridging the Emissions Gap' report to the South African Government, the hosts of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17) in Durban.

The UNEP report demonstrates that cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to a level that could keep global temperature rise under 2° Celsius is technologically and economically feasible.

The report details ways in which the 'gap' between current commitments made by nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and the actual emissions reductions required to keep within the 2° Celsius threshold, can be bridged. These include an accelerated uptake of renewable energy, investments in cleaner fuels and energy efficiency improvements.

Why Women Are Most at Risk from Climate Disasters

Time: 10:00am, 6 December 2011

Venue: 11:30am-1:00pm, Blyde River Room, ICC Durban (Side Event)

A new UNEP report will examine how women. particularly those living in mountainous regions in developing countries, are facing disproportionately high risks to their livelihoods and health from climate change, as well as associated risks such as human trafficking.

The study will also explore how investing in low carbon, resource efficient green technologies, water harvesting and fuel wood alternatives can strengthen climate change adaptation and improve women's livelihoods.

Wednesday 7 December 2011

Phasing out Inefficient Lighting as a Key Measure to Combat Climate Change

Time: 11:00am, 7 December 2011

Venue: Yellowwood Room, ICC Durban

Speakers:

Mr.Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director

H.E. Ms. D. Peters (MP), Department of Energy, South Africa

Global Environment Facility (GEF) Representative

Arq. Graciela Muslera, Minister of Housing, Land Planning and Environment, Uruguay

The South African government, hosts of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban (COP17) will make a major announcement concerning the future of incandescent light bulbs as part of a global initiative from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to tackle climate change through the transition to energy efficient lighting.

Electricity for lighting accounts for close to 20% of total global electricity production and 6% of worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to the International Energy Agency.

UNEP and partners will present their strategy to achieve the global phase-out of incandescent lamps by an ambitious target date of 2016, as the first step in the transition to more efficient lighting and a low carbon, resource efficient green economy.

Prince Albert II of Monaco to Mark New Phase of UN Environment Programme's Billion Tree Campaign

Time: 6:30-10:00pm, Wednesday 7 December 2011

Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium Durban, South Africa

Speakers:

Prince Albert II of Monaco

Salvador Namburete, Minister of Energy, Mozambique, and Chairman of the African Union Conference of Energy Ministers of Africa

Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director

Since its inception in 2006, the Billion Tree Campaign organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has overseen the planting of 12.5 billion trees worldwide.

The Billion Tree Campaign aims to improve quality of life and limit environmental degradation through the multiple benefits provided by trees. These include carbon sequestration, supporting local economies through products such as timber, as well as valuable ecosystem services such as soil regulation, erosion control and cultural values.

Prince Albert II of Monaco, Patron of the Billion Tree Campaign, will join UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and other special guests to announce the beginning of a new chapter in the management of the campaign during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP17).

Thursday 8 December 2011

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation Offers Key Pathway to Sustainable Development and Green Economy

Time: 11:00-11:30am, Thursday 8 December 2011

Venue: Yellowwood Room, ICC Durban

Speakers:

Erik Solheim, Minister of the Environment and International Development, Norway

Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director

Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Chair of the Indonesia National REDD+ Taskforce

Jim Leape, Director General, World Wildlife Fund International

Barry Gardiner, MP and Vice-President, Global Legislators' Organization (GLOBE)

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17) in Durban, South Africa, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners will showcase how investments in reducing emissions from deforestation is emerging as a key strategy for tackling climate change and boosting low carbon, resource efficient development worldwide.

Experts will present case studies linked to the United Nations Collaborative Initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) - in particular an innovative project in Indonesia funded by the Government of Norway. The project in the country's Kalimantan region is a leading example of how REDD+ investments can not only boost sustainable forest management, but contribute to meeting national development goals, equitable job creation and tackling climate change.

 
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